2023 Karla S. Johnson Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Kristen Sexton and Katherine Arnold, the 2023 recipients of our Karla S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship! We wish both of these talented women the best in their college and professional careers and are happy we could help them achieve their goals.

Kirsten Sexton is in her third year of the Master in Architecture degree program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Kirsten graduated from with honors from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Historic Preservation. At the GSD, Kirsten is involved outside of class by serving on the leadership committees of Women in Design and Queers in Design. Having grown up in rural Appalachia and becoming the one of the few people from her home to attend an Ivy League university, Kirsten aims to amplify unheard voices through inclusive, sustainable, and community-centered architecture and design. Outside of school, she has interned for various architecture and design firms in Los Angeles, California and enjoys practicing painting and photography.

Katherine Arnold is currently in her Junior year of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with a Minor in Business Management, before continuing with the Master of Architecture program at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is also a frequent Dean’s List honoree. Ms. Arnold is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of mental health. She is passionate about educating her peers and raising awareness to combat the stigma surrounding mental health. In the future, Katherine intends to incorporate her interest in mental health into her architectural designs.